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Writing > Improving Sentences

Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

There are many famous quotations previously credited to “Anonymous,” researchers have discovered that they were in fact written by female authors.

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Hint

Remember that two independent clauses may not be joined by only a comma.

Question of the Day

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2014
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Correct 6,589
Incorrect 2,524
72% correct

Writing > Improving Sentences

Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

There are many famous quotations previously credited to “Anonymous,” researchers have discovered that they were in fact written by female authors.

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Answer

Choice (D) is correct.  It avoids the comma splice error of the original by combining the two independent clauses that were improperly joined by only a comma (“There are many famous quotations previously credited to ‘Anonymous’” and “researchers have discovered that they were in fact written by female authors”) into one sentence consisting of a main clause (“Researchers have discovered”) and a dependent clause (“that many famous quotations previously credited to ‘Anonymous’ were in fact written by female authors”).